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The 10 Best Ethiopian Restaurants in Berkeley

Updated: March 13, 2021

Did someone say Ethiopian food? We did the heavy lifting for you by scouring all the best review sites to find the 10 best Ethiopian restaurants in Berkeley. Explore everything you need to know about the top Ethiopian restaurants in Berkeley below.

Find the perfect Ethiopian restaurant

Kaffa Ethiopian Cuisine

African
Berkeley
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Lemat

African · $15 avg. main dish
Berkeley
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

Ethiopia Restaurant

African · $13 avg. main dish
Berkeley
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

Cafe Romanat

African · $14 avg. main dish
Oakland, Grand Lake
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Barcote Ethiopian Restaurant

African
Oakland, Fairview Park
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Shewhat

African · $18 avg. main dish
Oakland, Bushrod
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0

Lula

African
Oakland, Pill Hill
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Abesha Ethiopian Cuisine

African · $14 avg. main dish
Oakland, Temescal
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Addis Ethiopian Restaurant

African
Oakland, Fairview Park
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Blue Nile Ethiopian

African · $17 avg. main dish
Oakland, Lakewide
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

How does it work?

Figuring out the best Ethiopian restaurants can take awhile. We analyzed 28738 Berkeley restaurants on Yelp and Google, 3104661 Berkeley restaurant reviews, and 1899 lists and articles – looking closely at what Hoodline, Eater and Michelin Guide had to say – and applied our Feastfox magic. The restaurants you see have been featured in Hoodline - The 5 best Ethiopian spots in Oakland, ranked, Eater - Where to Eat and Drink in Temescal and Michelin Guide - The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019). We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal as the industry adapts to COVID-19. Since Feastfox gets no payment for showing these restaurants, you can trust the restaurants in this list. These ten options are sure to delight.

Drink pairing tips

  • Chenin Blanc and kifto


    When considering how to best enjoy your kifto, we would highlight how well a glass of Chenin Blanc complements the dish as it cuts the wine's tartness while the wine makes the stew taste spicier.


  • The perfect match for doro wat

    Experts often pair doro wat with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.

  • A great drink pairing for waze tibs

    Knowing what to pair with waze tibs can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some red wine, particularly a glass of Cune Rioja. This, smooth body, red wine balances the spicy waze tibs.

Fun facts

  • The traditional wat

    Often regarded as one of the most traditional dishes in Ethiopia, wat has long been prepared with stewed lamb or goat.

Parking information

Few things are as aggravating as circling around the block, looking for parking when you’re hungry. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Ethiopian spot.

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